January is generally the month of reflection. We turn the calendar page and many of us also turn a little internal page: what can I change to make my life, my health, my wealth…me…better? I don’t actually make New Year’s resolutions – I’ve never really had that kind of resolve. Instead, I try to adjust things as I go. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes I’m not – but at least I don’t have the added pressure of having made an official resolution to live up to.
One thing I have committed to in 2012 is to read more books. As many of you know, I have a hefty to-be-read list, and it seems to grow almost daily. I also keep a little notebook filled with the names of books I hope will someday end up on my to-be-read shelf. It’s kinda crazy, but when I finish one book I have literally hundreds of unread books to choose from. My children think it’s a bit of a problem…and I don’t disagree!
How do books make it to my tbr list? Well, I read a lot of blogs (and I’ll be sharing some of my favourites with you over the coming weeks) and I also peruse end-of-the year lists. SCC English, the blog of the English Dept. of St Columba’s College in Dublin, did booklovers everywhere a great service when they compiled a list of Books of the Year 2011 They’ve gathered, in one place, books lists from over 50 media outlets and other resources, giving readers a convenient one-stop-shop of lists to help them add to their own own ever-growing tbr piles.